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How can vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (VEMP) help in the diagnosis of canal dehiscence syndrome?

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It’s a rare disorder that affects your balance and hearing. It happens when you have a hole or a very thin place in the bone in your ear that helps your body balance itself. A VEMP is a test that checks the reflex in a muscle in your neck that responds to sound.

An electrode is placed on the muscle. Then you'll hear low to mid-range tones in one ear while your doctor watches the results on a monitor.

SOURCES:

Adult and Pediatric Otology and Neurotology: "Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome."

American Speech Language Hearing Association: "Superior Canal Dehiscence."

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery: Recent Findings."

Kids Health: "Your Ears."

Medscape: "Superior Canal Dehiscence."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "How Are Vestibular Disorders Diagnosed?" "Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence (SSCD)."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on August 17, 2018

SOURCES:

Adult and Pediatric Otology and Neurotology: "Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome."

American Speech Language Hearing Association: "Superior Canal Dehiscence."

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center: "Superior semicircular canal dehiscence syndrome."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery: Recent Findings."

Kids Health: "Your Ears."

Medscape: "Superior Canal Dehiscence."

Vestibular Disorders Association: "How Are Vestibular Disorders Diagnosed?" "Superior Semicircular Canal Dehiscence (SSCD)."

Reviewed by Shelley A. Borgia on August 17, 2018

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